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Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald defended the Government’s reduction of capitation fees to staff with degrees from €75 to €73 per child per week, saying the changes were “minimal” and her priority had been to use scarce resources to maintain the preschool year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government increased the maximum number of children per staff member in preschools last year despite warnings that the move could place children a(...)

File photograph showing children fron Schull, Co Cork, taking full advantage of the local community playground. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

When I arrived in Ireland it was with the intention of bringing some evidence- based impatience. Evidence-based impatience is important. Sometimes out(...)

Ireland’s funding on preschool care is less than 0.2 per cent of GDP, compared to 1.1 per cent in the UK and 1.4 per cent in Denmark. Photograph: Getty Images

  Profit-driven creches will come under scrutiny in a national review which is to be carried out by the head of the new Child and Famil(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald  speaks to reporters at the opening of an EU conference on  ‘Child Health Research’  at Dublin City University today. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have confirmed that State funding may be withdrawn from crèches or pre-schools if(...)

Geoffrey Shannon, the Government’s special rapporteur on child protection, said the findings highlighted the need for strong laws to ensure abuse or neglect concerns are handled in a uniform manner. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Inspectors have found evidence that vulnerable children are being placed at risk by the failure of social services to notify gardaí of suspecte(...)

Carol Coulter and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald  at the launch of the Child Care Law Reporting Project  in December. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 5,000 children are in the care of the State, mostly on foot of orders made in the courts. Yet the public has, up to now, had no way o(...)

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